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What is Mold? (30 Sec. Read)

What is Mold and what does it have to do with The Built Environment? Mold is a type of fungus. It is classified as its own biological kingdom. Fungi produce spores.  They are classified as Phyla, Classes, Orders, Families, Genera, and lastly Species. But that’s not important in the built environment. (More on that later) […]

Does my home really need a Dehumidifier? What should I buy?

Dehumidifiers are critical for the health of your home, particularly if you have a basement that is sub grade. Humidity is what contributes to mold growth! It only takes 60% relative humidity to grow a very common mold called Penicillium/Aspergillus. Combined with dusts, humidity can wreak havoc on building materials like floor joists, subfloor plywood, […]

Crawl Space Conditioning

Crawl Spaces are often subject to humidity and damp or wet conditions which will grow mold and cause strong odors. These conditions can also cause wood rot and structural changes over time.  The following are treatments which are important to consider to improve a crawl space: Vapor Barrier-  Earthen floor crawl spaces must be covered […]

How to Control Moisture in Your Basement This Summer

RTS Environmental Services wants to help by providing you with the facts about moisture in the home so you can take the steps necessary to prevent a small problem from becoming a major crisis. Keeping Humidity in Check Whether you use your basement for storage or as a living area, the lower level of your […]

Signs You May Have Mold in Your Home

Mold in Your Northern Virginia Home Mold growth is all about moisture, so it stands to reason if you live in the Washington, D.C.-Northern Virginia area, which is an area prone to high humidity, then the chances of your home developing a mold problem are much higher. Anything over a 55% RH level promotes mold […]